30 Minute Lunch Negatively Impacts Eating Habits, Mental Health

Students frustrated with shortened lunchtime

30 Minute Lunch Negatively Impacts Eating Habits, Mental Health

Jackie Weyerhaeuser, Food Features Editor

One of the toughest transitions to fully remote learning has been adjusting to the 30-minute lunch breaks. Students are upset that the daily lunch breaks can’t be longer.

Payton Crosby ‘21 says, “I’m not a fan. On multiple occasions, I’ve had to eat my lunch in class because it takes so much time to make lunch. It’s really just not productive for my day, it puts me in a bad mood, and makes me stressed.”

Shef West ‘22 echoes this sentiment: “I’m not a huge fan because I find that I can’t make what I want to and make it back to class. I usually have to finish my lunch in class.”

While the time constraints of lunch have negatively impacted students’ eating habits, it has also impacted their mental health. The lack of proper nutrition leads students to feel annoyed and detracts from their focus in learning in afternoon classes. Crosby states, “Mental health-wise there have been lots of negative impacts. There’s more stress and it makes me angry.”

As West puts it, the easy solution is to “Extend the lunch time.” Hopefully, with the survey that was sent out last week, the RTLP schedule will be adjusted to give students a longer lunch break.